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Why You Need to Read: “A Spindle Splintered”

Fractured Fables, #1: A Spindle Splintered By: Alix E. Harrow Published: October 5, 2021 Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folklore             …I’ve fallen out of my own story and into one that might have a happy ending. Because this is my last chance to have a real adventure, to escape, to do more than play out the clock, (2).… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “A Spindle Splintered”

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Reading Check-In: September 17, 2021

What book have you finished reading recently? One series on my list is complete. And, I stick with what I said about this series in my ASoIaF Read-Alike Book Recommendations: this series is the most "identical" to George R.R. Martin's. Another fun read by this author. And yes, it's full of folklore and fantasy references!… Continue reading Reading Check-In: September 17, 2021

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Why You Need to Read: “The Once and Future Witches”

The Once and Future Witches By: Alix E. Harrow Published: October 13, 2020 Genre: Historical Fantasy, Folklore, Paranormal             …“The Tale of Saint George and the Witches.” It’s never been one of her favorites, but she reads it anyway.             It’s the usual version: once upon a time there were three wicked witches who loosed a terrible… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Once and Future Witches”

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Why You Need to Read: “Uprooted”

Uprooted By: Naomi Novik Published: May 19, 2015 Genre: Fantasy/Fractured Fairy Tale or Fairy Tale Retelling/Coming-of-Age Story             The Dragon didn’t always take the prettiest girl, but he always took the most special one, somehow: if there was one girl who was far and away the prettiest, or the most bright, or the best dancer, or… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Uprooted”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Girl in the Tower”

Winternight Trilogy, #2: The Girl in the Tower By: Katherine Arden Published: December 5, 2017 Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Folklore/Magic Realism/Coming-of-Age             Highborn women, who must live and die in towers, were much given to visiting. Now and again, they stayed overnight for company, when their husbands were away, (1: The Death of the Snow-Maiden).             Folklore maintains traditions and cultures that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Girl in the Tower”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Bear and the Nightingale”

Winternight Trilogy, #1: The Bear and the Nightingale By: Katherine Arden Published: January 10, 2017 Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Folklore/Magic Realism/Coming-of-Age             Vasya’s head hurt with thinking. If the domovoi wasn’t real, then what about the others? The vodyanoy in the river, the twig-man in the trees? The rusalka, the polevik, the dvorovoi? Had she imagined them all? Was… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Bear and the Nightingale”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Sisters of the Winter Wood”

The Sisters of the Winter Wood By: Rena Rossner Published: September 25, 2018 Genre: Fantasy, Magic Realism, Folklore, Historical Fiction             “…Everything makes sense suddenly, and yet nothing makes sense at all.             There have always been rumors about the Kodari forest and the hidden things within it.             Now, I know we are a part of that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Sisters of the Winter Wood”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Winter of the Witch”

Winternight Trilogy: Book 3: The Winter of the Witch By: Katherine Arden Published: January 9, 2019 Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Fairy Tale Retelling, Folklore, Magic Realism PLEASE NOTE: The following contains minor spoilers from this novel and the series. You have been warned.             “You are a fool, man of God,” he said. You never understood.”             Konstantin… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Winter of the Witch”

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Why You Need to Read: “Spinning Silver”

Spinning Silver By: Naomi Novik Published: July 10, 2018 Genre: Fantasy/Folklore/Fairy Tale Retellings   PLEASE NOTE: The following contains spoilers from this novel. You have been warned. So we knew that the Staryk had not given us a purse of silver to be kind. I couldn’t think why they had left it, yet there it was… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Spinning Silver”